Oshe and Shere Shango

Oshe and Shere Shango

The ‘shere’ rattle and the ‘oshe’ double-axe are the typical instruments for the Shango worshippers.

Shango Devotee

Shango Devotee

A drawing of a classical Shango shrine figure, here painted in deep blue like painted with indigo dye.

Omo Orisha

Omo Orisha

‘Omo Orisha’ means ‘Child Of Orisha’ and refers to initiates, here written in correct Yoruba orthography.

Orunmila

Orunmila

Orunmila is the Orisha of destiny and babalawo use an "opon Ifa", a Yoruba divination tray, to tell their clients about the future.

Ifa gbe wa ooo!

Ifa gbe wa ooo!

"Ifa gbe wa ooo" is Yoruba language for "Ifa support us!" The drawing shows a divination tray painted with indigo dye.

Opon Ifa Ase!

Opon Ifa Ase!

Ache! Axé! Àse! or Ashe! - it means the same everywhere: So be it!

Awo

Awo

"Awo" is Yoruba language for "secret" or also used to name initiated Olorisha and Ifa priests. It is part of "babalawo", literally "father who has the secret".

Alubata

Alubata

An “ere alubata”, a carved shrine figure showing a Yoruba bata-drummer, colored in indigo dye.

Shango Horserider

Shango Horserider

Shango was once living as the Alaafin and ruling over the Oyo Kingdom, which was famous for its cavalry.

Shekere

Shekere

‘Shekere’ is originally a Yoruba word. The gourd with a beaded net is very common in Brazil and Cuba.

Eshu Loves You

Eshu Loves You

Orisha Eshu was mistranslated in the Yoruba bible as ‘Satan’, this T-shirt is contradictory to this view.

Oruko Orisha

Oruko Orisha

Orisha names in correct Yoruba spelling form a circle in this art of typography in indigo dye. 

Oore Yeye ooo!

Oore Yeye ooo!

This is the greeting for Orisha Oshun, in English it means "kindness of the mother"!

Omi ooo!

Omi ooo!

"Omi òòò!" is the Yoruba greeting for water deities, in the diaspora it is often used for the Orisha Yemoja. 

Ogun Mariwo

Ogun Mariwo

Mariwo, split plamfrond, is used in Yorubaland to mark ritual spots and taboo zones. Entry at your own risk! 

Obaluaye Broom

Obaluaye Broom

One of the hottest Orisha! The broom is used by initiated priests to clear and purify people and spaces from sickness. 

Oba Koso

Oba Koso

This image unites many Shango symbols: braided hair, shere-rattle, double-axe, shoulder bag, thunderstones and the dance skirt. 

Afrocuban Oshosi

Afrocuban Oshosi

Oshosi is Ogun's brother and an important warrior and hunter Orisha. His tools are the very precise bow and the arrows.

Afrocuban Obatala

Afrocuban Obatala

Obatala's name “ọbà tí álá” means "the king of white cloth". Obatala is the supreme Orisha. As the deity of peace, harmony, mercy and purity he is kind and benevolent.

Afrocuban Babaluaye

Afrocuban Babaluaye

Babaluaye is Yoruba for “father whose reign is the physical earth”. He is feared and known as the Orisha of infectious diseases, feverish infections and epidemics and the healing force.